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Teen plans to sue over dog bite injuries from K-9 cop

A young man who was viciously attacked by a police dog will be pursuing a claim for damages against the city in civil court. The police dog attacked the 19-year-old man after authorities arrived at the scene of a fatal stabbing altercation. Police claim that they called the dog on the victim when he tried to flee the scene, and that is when the animal attack occurred.

The attacked teenager was never arrested or charged in connection with police investigations or the stabbing event. Indeed, another man, aged 18, was ultimately charged with the murder, which allegedly occurred due to a fight about a girl. The charged man was being held in jail without bond as of Saturday, July 26.

Plaintiffs receive $2 million verdict in elevator accident case

Three plaintiffs have received a judgement of $2 million in restitution regarding injuries they suffered in a serious elevator accident. The incident occurred at a major southern sports arena in 2007. A total of 18 people were riding in the sports arena elevator when it came crashing down to the bottom floor.

According to the judge who decided the case, a $500,000 damage award cap, which the defendant tried to seek protection under, was not applicable in the instant matter. Allegedly, in the state where the elevator accident took place, damages are capped when a personal injury claim is made against the state; however, the judge ruled that the defendant in the case was in fact a private company. This opened the door for the plaintiffs to seek their multimillion-dollar award.

Ice machine drips lead to slip and fall lawsuit

While many people in New York and across the country may think of a hospital as simply somewhere to receive medical services, it is a business. As such, it has a duty to those who are patients, visitors or employees to keep its premises safe. This is the same for any other business property.

A hospital in another state and its insurer has been named as a defendant in a slip and fall accident lawsuit. The injured party was a patient in the acute ward of the hospital at the time of the injury. He alleges that he slipped in a water puddle on June 12, 2013. The water was on the floor next to an ice machine and in front of a sink. The patient fell after slipped, although his injuries were not specified.

5 injured when pieces of Brooklyn Bridge rain down onto sidewalk

Five individuals suffered injury in a recent sidewalk accident that occurred along the Brooklyn Bridge underpass. According to the New York Fire Department, large pieces of stone façade fell from a wall and hurt the pedestrians.

The accident occurred on a recent Wednesday evening at approximately 7:30 p.m. during a downpour of rain. Pictures were taken of the pieces of granite façade as they laid in chunks covering the sidewalk and parts of the roadway following the collapse.

Inadequate security lawsuit filed in hospital attack

When you seek treatment at a New York medical facility, you don’t think about a possible attack against you by another patient. However, that is what happened at one Veterans Affairs hospital in 2011. A veteran was at the Alabama facility for treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues when the attack occurred.

The patient, a female, suffered head injuries when another patient in a substance abuse program attacked her. The veteran was receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. As a result of the attack, she now refuses to return to the facility.

2 people injured in animal attack by rabid kitten

Animal bites can quickly become severe, even if the bite itself does not appear serious at first. All animal bites should receive proper and prompt medical care. When a bite occurs, it is a must that the victim or his or her family considers the possibility of rabies. Two people in Connecticut were bitten by a rabid kitten and now must receive treatment. Two others at the veterinary hospital were also exposed to the kitten.

The kitten was found as a stray and taken to a veterinarian. Both the vet and a friend of the person who brought the animal in were bitten. Two people who work at the hospital were exposed to the animal. According to an assistant director at the local Community Health Services Division, anyone who had contact with the animal must be evaluated and treated by their health care providers.

Dog bite cases handled differently from state to state

A state Supreme Court recently ruled on a New England dog bite case, providing further clarification in the way that courts in this region view liability in animal attack accidents. The case also highlights how not all states protect dog bite victims in the way that New York does.

The court's decision, which was published on a recent Friday, involved a young girl who was bitten by a dog at a campground in 2009. The 3-year-old's bite wounds were so severe that she required surgery. The parents later filed a personal injury suit to hold the owners of the dog liable for the cost of her medical care.

Man suffers dog bite at animal shelter, files lawsuit for damages

When most New Yorkers hear about someone suffering a dog bite, it's likely they don't think about it happening to someone at an animal shelter who is looking to adopt a pet. However, for one man, that's exactly what happened and now, he's suing the city that operates the shelter for damages.

The man's injuries occurred in September 2012 at a city-run animal control facility in New York's regional neighbor of Connecticut. The dog that bit the man was a Rottweiler. A volunteer working at the facility brought out the dog to meet the man.

Building collapse accident injures 4 New York pedestrians

Several people suffered injury in New York after part of a building collapsed and bricks fell on top of them while they were walking on the sidewalk. The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. A total of four people suffered injury (at least one of them critically) and multiple buildings required evacuation following the accident.

One woman, who evacuated her office located next door to the accident, said that her building shook during the incident. A doctor, who was tending to his patients during the event, rushed outside to investigate the situation. He said that he found a man unconscious, who had been struck by a number of bricks that fell off the building. The doctor administered first aid and made sure that the man's neck was stabilized and cleared his airway.

Woman suffers serious personal injury after slip and fall

New Yorkers would expect that of all places, a medical facility would be a relatively safe place to walk. Because many sick patients walk through those doors, the areas are cleaned and sanitized frequently. However, one woman is suing after she slipped and fell while visiting her local medical center, causing serious personal injury.

The woman and her husband filed a premises liability lawsuit against Plateau Medical Center in New York's regional neighbor of West Virginia, seeking damages of an unknown amount for medical expenses, attorney's fees and court costs. The couple is also seeking punitive damages for the facility's alleged negligence in the September 2012 incident.

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